EU, China seek to save Paris deal

In what could turn into a global diplomatic realignment, the European Union and China held summit talks that EU chief Jean-Claude Juncker said could be a signal to the world.

EU, China seek to save Paris deal

World Bulletin / News Desk

The EU and China moved Friday to fill the leadership void on the Paris climate pact after President Donald Trump pulled the US out of the deal, triggering a furious global backlash.

Trump announced Thursday at the White House his administration would immediately stop implementing the "bad" 195-nation accord brokered by his predecessor Barack Obama in 2015 in tandem with Chinese leaders.

"There is no reverse gear to the energy transition, there is no backsliding on the Paris agreement," Juncker said as he opened trade and climate talks with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Brussels.

In his speech, Li warned the world would become "a jungle" without multilateral rules, though he did not mention the Paris pact specifically.

Expressions of shock and regret came from around the world, including from Pacific islands at risk of being swallowed by rising seas and who accused Washington of "abandoning" them.

In Beijing, Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said "China as a responsible major country would uphold the pact." China is the world's biggest greenhouse gas emitter, followed by the US.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who met with Li on Thursday in Berlin, pledged "more decisive action than ever" to protect the climate after Trump's "highly regrettable" decision.

Germany is the driving force behind the Europe Union's economy, one of the world's biggest with more than 500 million people.

In a nationalistic "America First" Rose Garden announcement, Trump said he was withdrawing from a deal that imposes "draconian financial and economic burdens" on the United States, while going to easy on economic rivals China, India and Europe.

"We don't want other leaders and other countries laughing at us anymore. And they won't be."

Güncelleme Tarihi: 02 Haziran 2017, 13:49